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On September 21st, Prof. Yu Shicheng, President of SMU and leaders of relevant departments paid a friendly visit to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA).
Accompanied by Mr. Richard Gurnon, the President of MMA and Prof. Chen Qi, the Director of MMA International Office, Prof. Yu Shicheng watched the formation drill of their students, and he visited the training vessel Kennedy owned by the Acadey, the canteen, student dormitories, hall, gymnasium room, the newly built library, the marine simulator and the training and living facilities. Prof. Yu Shicheng also had a deep-going communication with Mr. Paul F. Kelly, Chair of MMA Trustees, Mr. Thomas Bushy, MMA Vice President, the teaching staff, students as well as SMU exchange students. Prof. Xiao Yingjie, the Dean of SMU Merchant Marine College, had a discussion with Prof. Craig Dalton, Dean of MMA Shipping Department about the curriculum of the exchange students program launched between two institutes.
For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps students will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
This visit also attracted the attention of the local Medias in Massachusetts. Some local media and newspapers made deep-going report on the exchange student program. During the interview, Prof. Yu Shicheng expressed that the maritime education is endowed with the feature of internationalization. Thus the maritime schools should strengthen the international communication with each other. The exchange program between SMU and MMA is a very vivid example. This program can not only promote the friendship between the two universities and even the cooperation between the two countries. The two universities can also learn from each other and deepen cooperation in order to achieve the goal of mutual benefit.